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The Analyst: Japan is looking like an interesting bet

I have to cast my mind back to 1987 to recall a sustained period of stock market volatility similar to the spell in recent weeks. Rises and falls of 1 per cent, 2 per cent or 3 per cent a day are seemingly a matter of course, along with a few bigger ones of close to 5 per cent sprinkled in. Hardly a helpful environment for long-term investors already frightened of committing funds to the markets. A possible solution is to drip-feed money into areas you think offer value on the poorer days, though even this can be tricky psychologically.

Major investors demand answers from Olympus

Olympus's second-largest shareholder yesterday demanded answers to the issues raised by its ousted chief executive over four takeovers and joined calls for an independent investigation.

Finance director quits as The Hut ditches float

The finance director of The Hut, which is backed by some of retail's biggest stars, has quit the online retailer abruptly after it ditched plans for a flotation this year.

Finance director quits The Hut after it drops plans for flotation

The finance director of The Hut, which is backed by some of retail's biggest stars, has quit the online retailer abruptly after it ditched plans for a flotation this year.

Olympus investors demand review

Chief executive's removal after only two weeks prompts questions over controversial transactions

Stephen Foley: Argos is in crisis. When will its management admit it?

Outlook If only it was just a publicity stunt: "Argos announces joint venture in China, in vain attempt to distract from its profits wipeout in the UK."

US house prices in fourth monthly rise

US house prices managed a fourth consecutive month of gains, offering a glimmer of hope in one of the most important but depressed areas of the world economy. Prices were up 0.9 per cent in July compared to June, according to the latest S&P Case-Shiller index of the 20 largest metropolitan areas, although they remained 4.1 per cent below July 2010.

Stephen Foley: News Corp investors should reject Murdoch's minimalist shake-up

US Outlook: Rupert Murdoch's message to the corporate governance campaigners snapping at News Corp could not be any bolder if he had written it on the front page of one of his tabloids: Stick it up your punter.

Charter opens its books after Melrose ups its offer

Melrose moved closer to its goal of buying Charter International yesterday, with the engineering group agreeing to open its books after the manufacturing buyout firm raised the value of its possible offer.

David McNeill: No shame in Tesco's failing to crack Japan

The Tesco juggernaut, seemingly unstoppable in the UK, has ground to a halt in Japan. Eight years after arriving in Tokyo with ambitious plans to become a big player in the world's third largest market, the retailing giant is pulling out.

Japan: 500,000 take part in quake drills

More than half a million people took part in annual drills across Japan yesterday to prepare for disasters.

Hargreaves and Lansdown cash in on dividend rise

Hargreaves Lansdown, the investment broker, shrugged off choppy markets and the threat of a crackdown by regulators to post a 46 per cent rise in earnings and a 41 per cent increase in the assets it looks after for clients.

Fall for autumn's foliage

As the trees begin their magnificent transformation from green to gold, Chris Leadbeater offers options far and wide to see them in all their blazing glory

Letter from the editor: Happy return to work

Thank you for your feedback on our changes — although I can tell from i’s mailbag, that so many of you have been away.

Why the Fukushima disaster is worse than Chernobyl

Japan has been slow to admit the scale of the meltdown. But now the truth is coming out. David McNeill reports from Soma City

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